Dr. Nazry Bahrawi specialises in the study of world literature, translation studies as well as Islam and culture between the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Trained in comparative literature, his current research explores the trope of the journey and modernity in Arab and Malay travel fiction (rihla).
Dr. Nazry is also an associate editor of Critical Muslim (Hurst Publishers), a UK-based quarterly of ideas and issues which presents Muslim perspectives on the great debates of our times. An enthusiast of literary translation, Dr. Nazry has translated Nadiputra’s Malay play Lorong Buang Kok (Cokelat: 2012) into English, and was formerly interview editor of the international translation journal Asymptote.
Outside the academia, he has published op-ed commentaries on culture, society and politics in international newspapers, spanning Al Jazeera,The Guardian, South China Morning Post and Today. His broadcast media appearances as a cultural critic include current affairs programmes aired on Al-Jazeera, Channel NewsAsia and Suria.